Reproductive status, endocrine physiology and chemical signaling in the Neotropical, swarm-founding eusocial wasp Polybia micans.

@article{Kelstrup2014ReproductiveSE,
  title={Reproductive status, endocrine physiology and chemical signaling in the Neotropical, swarm-founding eusocial wasp Polybia micans.},
  author={Hans C P Kelstrup and Klaus Hartfelder and Fabio S Nascimento and Lynn M Riddiford},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={217 Pt 13},
  pages={2399-410}
}
In the evolution of caste-based societies in Hymenoptera, the classical insect hormones juvenile hormone (JH) and ecdysteroids were co-opted into new functions. Social wasps, which show all levels of sociality and lifestyles, are an ideal group in which to study such functional changes. Virtually all studies on the physiological mechanisms underlying reproductive division of labor and caste functions in wasps have been done on independent-founding paper wasps, and the majority of these studies… CONTINUE READING

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